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Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event: Redefining Impact | SPARC

Open Access Week 2013 Kick Off Event: Redefining Impact | SPARC | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"Save the date: October 21, 2013 in Washington, DC and Online -- Washington, DC

 

SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the World Bank have announced they will co-sponsor the kickoff event for Open Access Week 2013 on Monday October 21st in Washington, DC. The live event will take place at the state-of-the-art World Bank facilities and will host a Liveblog and Webcast for those who cannot attend in person. The event will also be recorded, and be available to the community for use during and after local Open Access events."

 

from source: http://www.sparc.arl.org

 

#OER #OpenAccess #SPARC #WorldBank #World-Bank 

ghbrett's insight:

This will be an event worth keeping in mind later in October. An important note is that the event will be recorded so those who can not attend will be able view the proceedings and presentations online at times suitable for them.

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Wikipatterns - Wiki Patterns

Wikipatterns - Wiki Patterns | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"Looking to spur wiki adoption? Want to grow from 10 users to 100, or 1000? Applying patterns that help coordinate people's efforts and guide the growth of content, and recognizing anti-patterns that might hinder growth - can give your wiki the greatest chance of success.

 

Wikipatterns.com is a toolbox of patterns & anti-patterns, and a guide to the stages of wiki adoption. It's also a wiki, which means you can help build the information based on your experiences! Beyond this site, there are many other additional resources." from source: - http://www.wikipatterns.com/

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This is a good source of information about the use of Wikis in general. The two targets are People and Adoption. The site presents the positive aspects as well as barriers or negative aspects of Wikis. A reader or person interested in developing online communities would gain from viewing some of these patterns as useful for other instructional design, social media, online communities, communities of practice,  or online media in organizations.

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Ilkka Tuomi: Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education

Ilkka Tuomi: Open Educational Resources and the Transformation of Education | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

The extremely rapid expansion of open educational resource (OER) initiatives and the millions of learners they attract can be understood as an indicator of an emerging revolution in education and learning. This article describes recent developments in this area and develops conceptual foundations for studies and policies on OER. We describe four different types of OER, locate these in a field of learning theories, and discuss how the wide adoption of OER may constrain and accelerate the transformation of learning and education in the knowledge society.


Via Andreas Link, juandoming, Heiko Idensen
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Top 100 Open Courseware Projects | OEDb

Top 100 Open Courseware Projects | OEDb | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"Open courseware projects (OCWs) provide numerous opportunites for students or lifelong learners to explore new topics or to learn more about things they're already interested in. While massive open online courses (MOOCs) are making headlines (we've included a few here for you to try out), open courseware projects are available in a wide range of formats, brining together everything from lecture notes to videos to reading material. Here, we've highlighted some of the best open courseware resources in each of these subjects, offering amazing free resources for learning that come from leading professors, top-tier universities, and experts all over the world. If you don't find what you're looking for in these projects, make sure to check out our archive of free course materials" -from source: http://oedb.org

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The Open Education Database is a great resource for life long learners who want to find educational materials for various disciplines. This article narrows the growing field of content and courseware providers to the Top 100 Open Courseware Projects.  Well worth a look at -- both the article and the web site itself.

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The Challenge of Open Education | Distance-Educator.com

The Challenge of Open Education | Distance-Educator.com | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it
The Challenge of Open Education http://t.co/pWxhNwk3 via @zite Vale la pena

 

"This paper seeks to provide a historical overview of developments in the world of open education and a look at the key challenges that it faces. It considers how technology has altered the way in which information is obtained and shared and the consequences this has for the organization of education, from online learning to the flipped classroom. It also shows how roles and the balance of power between producers and consumers of content have become blurred leading to new possibilities for learning in different ways such as MOOCs, from peers and networks, etc. The new learning opportunities on offer can reach new groups of learners, a challenge that universities cannot ignore.‬‬‬‬" from source: http://www.je-lks.org/

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Open educational resources in higher education

"This document discusses the need for educators to openly share their resources and make them freely available for others to use.3 The open educational resources movement continues to gain attention with an announcement from MIT who recently unveiled their MITx program, which will begin to grant certificates for students who complete a defined number of open courses through the institution.4 The Internet resources listed here comprise a sampling of content focused primarily at the college and university level. Many institutions offer open educational resources online through their own Web sites, and, for the most part, we have chosen not to review these institution-specific resources, except where they have made significant broader contributions." -from source: http://crln.acrl.org

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This document is helpful in that it has vetted the sources for open resources. As a resulted these are a selective set that has passed a set of criteria. This should ensure higher quality than usual.

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Welcome to Openness in Education ~ Openness in Education

Welcome to Openness in Education ~ Openness in Education | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"This 12 week course, starting September 10, 2012 will explore openness in education - its roots, its growing influence, and economic and systemic impact.
We have adopted an open online format (massive open online courses, sometimes referred to as MOOCs...though we expect this course won't hit that "massive" target achieved by initiatives like Coursera and EDx." - from source: http://open.mooc.ca/index.html

 

NOTE: A marvelous resource for Open Education, Open Education Resources (OER), and related topics. Well worth looking into. Thanks to the organizers.

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Scenarios for Open Unbundled Learning Provision - WikiEducator

Scenarios for Open Unbundled Learning Provision - WikiEducator | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

Scenarios for creating assessment & certification for #OER -based learning.


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IncitED -a crowdfunding community designed for educators

IncitED -a crowdfunding community designed for educators | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"To incite important educational initiatives and innovations that benefit learners and their communities around the world. We want to provide a powerful and intuitive platform where educators can:
> Fund worthwhile projects
> Find, share, and replicate effective practices
> Collaborate and inspire one another

 

We aim to do this by simplifying the process of contributing to excellent projects worldwide for all who share the goal of bettering education."

 

from source:  - http://incited.org/

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 8, 2013 9:29 AM

It's great to see a crowdfunding (crowdsource funding) site for Education! Have a look and see if your education or training activities might benefit from such funding or at least the exposure to this community online.

Andrew Woods's curator insight, February 4, 8:15 PM

Interesting idea!

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BigBluebutton - open source web conferencing with extended functions

BigBluebutton - open source web conferencing with extended functions | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"BigBlueButton is an open source web conferencing system built on over fourteen open source components to create an integrated solution that runs on Mac, Unix, and PC computers. In the true sense of open source, we invite you to try out and participate in our project.


Vision: Our vision is that starting a web conference should be as easy as clicking a single metaphorical big blue button. As an open source project, we believe it should be easy for others to embrace and extend education. And while web conferencing means many things to many people — our focus is to make the best web conferencing system for distance education.


What’s new in this release (Beta 08.1):
1) Simplified interface – BigBlueButton now has a consolidated Users window for easier session management and a more consistent user interface (including updated skin and icons) to help new users get started quickly.

 

2) Layout Manager – BigBlueButton now enables users to choose from a number of preset layouts to quickly adapt to different modes of learning.

 

3) Recording of whiteboard and webcams – BigBlueButton now records for playback all the activity in the presentation window (whiteboard, mouse movements, and pan/zoom) and all webcams shared during a session.

 

4) Text tool for whiteboard – Presenters can now annotate their slides with text.

 

5) New APIs – The BigBlueButton API now includes the ability to dynamically configure each client on a per-user bases, thus enabling developers to configure the skin, layout, modules, etc. for each user. There is also a JavaScript interface to control the client.

 

6) Accessibility – BigBlueButton now supports screen readers JAWS (version 11+) and NVDA. A list of keyboard shortcuts have been added to make it easier to navigate through the interface using the keyboard.

 

7) LTI Support – BigBlueButton is IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) 1.0 compliant. This means any LTI consumer can integrate with BigBlueButton without requiring custom plug-ins.

 

8) Mozilla Persona – The API demos now include examples of how to sign into a BigBlueButton session using Mozilla Persona.
Support for LibreOffice 4.0 – BigBlueButton now uses LibreOffice 4.0 for conversion of of 9) MS Office documents (upload of PDF is still recommend to provide best results)." from source: http://www.bigbluebutton.org/

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This sounds like an exciting alternative educational, training, and groupware tool. I will be participating in a group test later next week and will make a further comment then.

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Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

Ten Years Later: Why Open Educational Resources Have Not Noticeably Affected Higher Education, and Why We Should Care (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

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Key TakeawaysOpen educational resources made a dramatic appearance with the 2002 debut of MIT's Open Courseware initiative.In the roughly 10 years since, OERs have not noticeably disrupted the traditional business model of higher education or affected daily teaching approaches at most institutions.Four major hurdles seem the likeliest hindrances to adoption of OERs: discoverability, quality control, bridging the last mile, and acquisition.OERs could unify and advance the essentially disconnected developments in digital textbooks and MOOCs by establishing a global enterprise learning content management system.
Via markusmind, Heiko Idensen
ghbrett's insight:

This is an important and interesting article. On the other hand, way back when before the networks, I recall an EDUCOM Educational Uses of IT (EUIT) program was giving awards to professors and developers of academic software for microcomputers. What made a strong impression on me was that they said, even then, that it took at least seven, yes 7, years from concept to adoption of the software in higher education. Some cultures, like academia do not change very fast.

 

BTW Thanks to Heiko Idensen and markusmind for their pre-scooping this article.

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Robert Farrow's curator insight, February 27, 2013 5:16 AM

What are barriers to widespread OER adoption?  According to Kortemayer, they are discoverability, quality control and content management...

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jQuery Learning Center

jQuery Learning Center | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it

"There’s a lot more to learn about building web sites and applications with jQuery than can fit in API documentation. If you’re looking for explanations of the basics, workarounds for common problems, best practices, and how-tos, you’re in the right place!

 

... All of the content in this site is completely open source, and we welcome your contribution. Whether you notice a small improvement that should be made, or want to write entirely new articles, this is one area where feature requests are encouraged!

 

... Each of our articles has a link to the raw content on GitHub, and we urge everyone to fork, edit, and help improve this community resource!" - from source: http://learn.jquery.com/

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Here is an open source site that also provides teaching and training about jQuery and how to not just learn the basics but ways to apply this to improve web applications. In addition to content on the site, note that the material links to raw content on GitHub. So it's available for the learner to see the insides of the programming. Last but not least is their invitation for the learner to join in and add to the content and knowledge base of their site / project.

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UPDATE: Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project

UPDATE: Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it
Notice to the Press: Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project

 

"On Monday, January 28th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the announcement of the Open Book Project. The Open Book Project is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State, the Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization and leading education innovators to expand access to free, high-quality open educational resources in Arabic, with a focus on science and technology and online learning." from source: http://www.state.gov/

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An inter-organizational project, this will go far to improve relations politically. More importantly it will assist moving the Open Edcuation Resources (OER) movement into new communities world wide.

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JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012 | #jiscinform

JISC Inform / Issue 35, Winter 2012 | #jiscinform | Open Research & Learning | Scoop.it
Top 10 tips on how to make your open access research visible online, by @BrianKelly http://t.co/66r3YqVI
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Brian has been working in this arena for a long time. This link is to a presentation from Brian during 2012 Open Access Week. It is a quick, but worthwhile read.

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Save Money. Study Faster. Ace the Class. | Boundless

"Boundless Learning is making the world's open educational content more useful for students by connecting them with the wealth of high quality, openly licensed, and free educational content that has been created by leading educators and institutions over the last 20 years."

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